Less than a year ago I could have barely told you what “Open Data” meant. Today I’m helping to organize an open data for development training. As we get ready for the big event, which will take place in Istanbul next week, I’ve been reflecting on my own journey and what open data means to… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development 2.0
It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »
A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »
In our previous blogs, we reflected on the nature of development complexities that emerged as part of our foresighting exercise in Moldova. In this post, we will focus more on some of the specifics: What institutions should take the lead? What are the biggest institutional challenges?What are key recommendations?
What do abandoned military barracks, a broken-down sports hall, and two national museums have in common? Not much – other than the fact that they are located in the less developed, northern region of Montenegro, and are probably pretty dilapidated by now, right? The answer however is something a bit more unexpected: These locations are… Read more »
You know how most workshops go. You write on post-its or a printed booklet. You break into small groups or engage in some world-café-style discussions. You are present, attentive, and engaged… for at least the first hour or so. Then it strikes.
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour. According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion. I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold… Read more »
As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Republic of Moldova, I saw my central role as helping the country accelerate its development path to deliver concrete results for all parts of the population. The UN’s work focused on this goal at two levels: helping counterparts fast-track policy reforms, and enabling institutions to respond… Read more »
Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »